Before the 19th century, how many people were needed to make pipe organ play?

one
at least two
four
seven
Playing the organ before elec­tric­i­ty required at least one person (called calcant) to operate the bellows. There­fore, or­gan­ists rarely prac­ticed on the pipe organs, using other in­stru­ments such as the clavi­chord for practice instead.

Answers distribution

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at least two
four
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flagCzech Republic
14%
78%
7%
0%
14
flagSweden
8%
75%
16%
0%
12
flagItaly
15%
70%
0%
15%
20
flagNorway
18%
68%
9%
4%
22
flagFrance
15%
68%
15%
0%
19
flagthe United States
6%
66%
20%
7%
180
flagCanada
12%
66%
12%
8%
24
flagLithuania
16%
66%
8%
0%
12
flagthe Netherlands
24%
65%
10%
0%
29
flagRepublic of Ireland
8%
64%
17%
8%
34
flagPoland
17%
63%
14%
4%
9445
flagthe United Kingdom
14%
63%
16%
6%
192
flagGermany
13%
62%
19%
4%
108
flagUnknown
20%
60%
20%
0%
25
flagUkraine
0%
60%
40%
0%
10
flagSpain
30%
60%
0%
0%
10
flagIndia
5%
41%
11%
41%
17
flagAustria
20%
40%
40%
0%
10

Gender

men65%
women60%
one
14%
15%
at least two
65%
60%
four
13%
17%
seven
5%
5%

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